On the watershed of two Regions
With this stage, for a good part of the ridge, you will walk on the border between Lazio and Abruzzo. From here the Aniene River Valley, one of the most important tributaries of the Tiber and beyond the extensive intramontana basin of the Cavaliere Plain with Carsoli, the most
important town. Many interesting peaks that are observed nearby such as the Navegna and Cervia mountains and the Fontecellese and Vallevona mountains. The splendid pyramid of Monte Velino, one of the highest peaks of the Apennines, closes the eastern horizon.
Description of the trail
Long path that can be divided into three sectors. The first that leads from Camerata Nuova to Rocca di Botte unravels through a series of dirt roads that cross the woods, mainly oak, at the base of the eastern slopes of the chain of Simbruini Lazio. In the first section you pass alongside the cemetery of Camerata and then a drinking trough. Approaching Rocca di Botte will also meet a riding school. Once you have passed the village, go up towards the ridge reaching it near Monte San Fabrizio. You will come to Oricola often playing on the edge of the ridge, a little to the west and a bit to the east. Beyond Oricola and to reach the Tiburtina (SR5) you will face the mountain that dominates Arsoli and which houses two quarries. You cross the three roads and you will face the last climb to Riofreddo. Beyond the village, the recovery of an ancient driveway will allow you to reach Cineto Romano with a slow and not long descent.
The transition between two Protected Areas, transition of two natural environments
Leave the Simbruini Mountains Park and enter the Lucretili Mountains Park. They are two large protected natural areas where two rather different natural habitats are observed quite easily as a protection. In fact, we leave a mountain ecosystem, the altitudes are higher, characterized by
extensive beech woods and we enter a territory where the vegetation association is more characteristic of warmer and Mediterranean climatic environments. The quotas are decidedly lower, the woods are mainly constituted by associations of oaks and hornbeam. We are moving from the Apennine to the pre-Apennine chain.
Length: 18,1 Km
Degree of difficulty CAI: E
Difference in height: 676 m
Downhill difference in height: 988 m
Altitude Max: 958 m
Min height: 472 m
Protected areas crossed:
All the year
Carta Monti Simbruini 2015
Carta Monti Lucretili 2016
Coleman Trail 4